The Gift of Incompetence

Becoming Catholic, said one convert, is like trying to become Japanese. I wholeheartedly agree. I may know the lingo and lots of facts about the church, but after eleven years as a Catholic I often feel as foreign as the day I was received into full communion in a Michigan country parish.

I habitually confuse the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds, making me the most distracting person at the rosary and Mass. Similarly, I often mangle the...

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About the Author

David Paul Deavel is associate editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and a contributing editor to Gilbert Magazine.